Monday, January 19, 2009

Shoot-at-sight order as violence continues

VILLUPURAM, INDIA: A shoot-at-sight order is issued against persons engaged in damaging and torching buses in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts, Masanamuthu, DIG, said.

Disturbed over the continuing violence in the northern districts, the police have resorted to stern action against the miscreants.

Demanding cease-fire in Sri Lanka, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) leader Thol Thirumavalavan had commenced an indefinite fast in Maraimalai Nagar, near Chennai, four days ago. Since then, unidentified groups, allegedly sympathisers of VCK, had resorted to violence in Cuddalore and Villupuram districts. They had targeted over 30 government and private buses and damaged them in various places in the region.

Three buses were set afire by unidentified persons till Saturday. On Sunday, miscreants have hurled petrol bombs and burnt two government buses in the TNSTC depot at Kidangal village near Tindivanam. Unidentified gangs have also burnt a bus at Kanthadu village near Marakkanam. Meanwhile, VCK volunteers blocked traffic in Kallakurichi, Thittakudi, Neyveli, Ullundurpet and Sankarapuram.

Irked over the unabated violence in the districts, the DIG has also issued a stern warning against persons causing damages to public property and peace.